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Harry Potter (#4) and the Goblet of Fire

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abrupt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an abrupt change
"What happened?" said Hermione anxiously, stopping so abruptly that Harry walked into her.
abruptly = suddenly and unexpectedly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abrupt means:
sudden and unexpected
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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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accompany
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accompany on the journey
He transformed back into the great black dog and walked with Harry and Dumbledore out of the office, accompanying them down a flight of stairs to the hospital wing.
accompanying = traveling with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to travel along with
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 36
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alternative
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
an alternative plan
Harry had never known so many people to put their names down to stay at Hogwarts for Christmas; he always did, of course, because the alternative was usually going back to Privet Drive, but he had always been very much in the minority before now.
alternative = other possibility
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 17
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beckon
12 uses
At that moment, the dungeon door opened, and Snape beckoned them all inside.
beckoned = called (to come by using a hand gesture or a nod)
DefinitionGenerally beckon means:
to call — typically to ask or tell someone to come nearer by using a hand gesture or a nod of the head
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Book12 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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bewilder
13 uses
Bewildered, wondering what on earth he was supposed to have done this time, Harry got up...
bewildered = confused
DefinitionGenerally bewilder means:
to confuse someone
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Book13 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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conjure
29 uses
...with a flick of his wand, Bill reattached the table leg and conjured tablecloths from nowhere.
conjured = created by magic
DefinitionGenerally conjure means:
summon into action or bring into existence — often as if by magic
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Book29 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 32
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contrary   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
on the contrary
They did not blame him for what had happened; on the contrary, both thanked him for returning Cedric's body to them.
on the contrary = an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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2  —1 use as in:
to the contrary
"These deaths were not the random work of a lunatic!"
  "I see no evidence to the contrary!" shouted Fudge, now matching her anger, his face purpling.
to the contrary = with an opposite or different effect; or something with an opposite or different effect
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 36
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
there is a contrast
Harry could see him sweating in the torchlight, his white skin contrasting strongly with the black of his hair and beard.
contrasting = notably different (in brightness or tone)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 30
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2  —1 use as in:
it is a contrast
A wizard had just Apparated at their fireside, and he could not have made more of a contrast with Ludo Bagman, sprawled on the grass in his old Wasp robes.
contrast = something notably different compared (with something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
something noticeably different (compared to something else or to other things)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7
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correspond   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
corresponding by email
"You are not Sirius's only correspondent," said Dumbledore.†
correspondent = someone who communicates in writing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
communicate by writing letters or email
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30
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2  —3 uses as in:
foreign correspondent of the paper
The boy who defeated He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is unstable and possibly dangerous, writes Rita Skeeter, Special Correspondent.†
correspondent = reporter
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspondent means:
a reporter — typically from a foreign country or with a particular expertise
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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curt
10 uses
"Out of the way, Arthur," said a cold, curt voice.
curt = brief to the point of rudeness
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Book10 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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direct   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 12 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
Some of you in this Hall have already suffered directly at the hands of Lord Voldemort.†
directly = personally (person-to-person)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book6 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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2  —1 use as in:
was direct in my instructions
You know, I'm starting to think it's time for more direct action.†
direct = straightforward (without involving extra factors)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 19
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3  —5 uses as in:
directed her question to
She illuminated her wand and directed its narrow beam across the path.†
directed = pointed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book5 uses
Library36 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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indignant
20 uses
"We weren't trying to hear him!" said Ron indignantly.
indignantly = angrily (at unjustly being accused of something wrong)
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book20 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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interpret   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
interpret Spanish to English
Maybe they need an interpreter.†
interpreter = someone who translates language
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to translate words into spoken words of another language

(This word is especially used in place of translate when the translation is done real-time, or on-the-fly, or immediately as needed.)
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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2  —1 use as in:
her interpretation of the data
"You don't have to talk to Ron!" she added irritably, correctly interpreting his silence.†
interpreting = understanding (something in a particular way)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to understand or explain something in a particular way — often the meaning or significance of something
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 19
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tentative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
said it tentatively
Several hands rose tentatively into the air, including Ron's and Hermione's.
tentatively = in a hesitant, unsure manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tentative means:
done in a careful or unsure way (indicating a lack of confidence in exactly what will happen)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 14
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